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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts honored by GLAAD

“Thomas Roberts isn’t afraid to put a spotlight on injustices faced by LGBT people that all too often go unreported.”

Thomas Roberts, Credit - MSNBC

Thomas Roberts, Credit – MSNBC

— GLAAD’s President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, in a statement, announcing that MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts will receive their Vito Russo Award. Roberts, who is openly gay, joins previous winners including fellow journalist Anderson Cooper, George Takei, Rosie O’Donnel and Cynthia Nixon, among others. The award is given to a media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

“As a journalist and anchor with millions of viewers, he brings stories to national attention, leading the conversation and accelerating acceptance of the LGBT community,” Ellis said.

Roberts came out at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association convention in Miami in 2006, while working for CNN. He currently anchors MSNBC Live, with his Out There segment covering the week’s LGBT news. He married his partner in New York in 2012.

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at

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